The Orlando Magic won game four of the 2010 NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference Finals in overtime against the Boston Celtics in Boston, 96-92.
Dwight Howard led the Orlando Magic Monday night, May 24, in Boston, with 32 points and 16 rebounds. Jameer Nelson had 23 points and 9 assists, hitting back-to-back three pointers in overtime. Rashard Lewis had 13 points and Matt Barnes had 10 points for Orlando. J.J. Redick contributed 10 points coming off the Magic bench. Vince Carter scored only 3 points tonight.
“We know that we were down 3-0, and we didn’t want to go home (for the season),” Howard said. “It starts with me and Jameer. Me and Jameer showed our leadership by playing hard. We’ve got to be the leaders for this team. It’s not about points, but just showing everybody, ‘Hey, follow us and we’ll lead the way.”
Paul Pierce led the Boston Celtics with had 32 points and 11 rebounds. Ray Allen had 22 points and Kevin Garnett had 14 points and 11 rebounds. No one else on the Celtics team scored above 10 points. Rajon Rondo had 9 points and 8 assists and Kendrick Perkins had 3 points and 4 rebounds. Glen Davis came off the bench contributing 6 points and 7 rebounds.
“They don’t want to leave. We’re going to have to throw them out,” said Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis. “It’s just like somebody renting a house.”
“There were a couple of plays down the stretch offensively that we botched, plain and simple. We’re kicking ourselves. We had a great opportunity,” Ray Allen said. “There’s no need to panic. We like the position we’re in. But it’s a lesson: We have to take care of the small things and we’ll get to where we want to be.”
No team in the NBA has ever come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series.
“At some point, somebody is going to come from 3-0 down and win a series. The only thing I knew for sure was it would start by winning Game 4,” Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I figured that one out. You have to win Game 4. … This was a must-win.”
“You never know what can happen,” Magic guard J.J. Redick said. “We can be like the Red Sox, coming back from 0-3. You never know.”
Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals will take place Wednesday, May 26 in Orlando.